GIVEAWAY + My internet family.

I have multiple families. I have the good ‘ol blood relations, the long time friends, and then I have my online family. Some people may think my internet friends aren’t real (it does sorta sound crazy… internet friends), but they are (I swear, they really are). I’ve connected with people that I would never have known if it wasn’t for blogging. Some amazing people that I love and consider part of my friend family.

I started The Paper Mama blog when the kiddo was a baby to hopefully connect with other mama’s, like myself. The community I discovered was amazing. I had my family and friends outside of the internet, but this online community was filling this need I had to communicate with people during the day that didn’t poop/barf on me. Being a new mama can be so lonely when you’re at home alone with no one to talk with. These bloggers came along and were going through all the same mom-things as I was. We connected. These friendships blossomed and now I have my online family.

I’ve now been friends with some of these online buddies for multiple years. A few of us have met in real life and got to chat over yummy food and a glass of wine, others I’ve only been able to chat through Skype (wine was still involved). I text/email/facebook/instagram/tweet these friends. Even though most of us are thousands of miles away from each other, the internet keeps us close.

So, all this talk of my internet family got me thinking. What would The Paper Mama family crest look like? Well, I used the Gallo Family Vineyards Crest Creator to create it. Yes. The fried chicken/bacon are necessary for this family. Here you are:

The Paper Mama Family Crest //

Gallo Family Vineyards also partnered with with Zazzle so you can get your family crest ON an actual product. They gave me a gift card to try it out and I will soon be the owner of The Paper Mama family crest coffee mug and grocery tote. Ha! I cannot wait. You can make your own family crest: for free. Yes. There’s quite the selection of adorable crests and illustrations to choose from to make your own. Enjoy! If you make a crest… tweet it at me! I’d love to see.

PLUS… a GIVEAWAY: Gallo Family Vineyards wants to share a treat with one of my readers. You can win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Let’s make it super easy to win… just answer this question in the comments below: “What’s YOUR definition of family?”

– Chelsey

This post is Sponsored by, Gallo Family Vineyards. I was paid for this post, but all opinions are my own. For more information about Gallo Family Vineyards and its family of fruit-forward and flavorful wines visit Follow Gallo Family Vineyards on Twitter and Facebook.



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This giveaway is open to US Residents (excluding Colorado, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Utah and where otherwise prohibited by law) age 21 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 10/1/2013-10/31/2013

Be sure to visit the Gallo Family Vineyards Brand Page on where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!



  • Ellie W on said:

    My family is those that I love and put their happiness before my own. The ones that I would die for.

  • kelly rae on said:

    Definition of family: Someone who is there for you. meaning that they could just listen to you rant or respond to your frazzled emails.

  • Thomas Murphy on said:

    My definition of family is people that are there for you no matter what.

  • Amanda Sakovitz on said:

    My definition of family is people that you love and can be yourself with.

    pokergrl8 at

  • angie lilly on said:

    Those you share you true life with…real love.

  • Whitney on said:

    Family is unconditional love to me!

  • Anna Pry on said:

    family are the folks you share your life with, folks you can count on in a pinch
    [email protected]

  • LAMusing on said:

    Family is a group of people that share, love and support each other.

  • Betty C on said:

    Family is a combination of my closest friends and relatives, always supportive but don't hesitate to tell me when I'm wrong.

  • Karen on said:

    My definition of family: A gathering of people you are physically related to and those you choose to spend time with (there may be considerable overlap) who know you well, love you unconditionally, and always have your back. Note: sometimes people who are physically related to you don't fall into this category. Unfortunately.

  • Nicole Larsen on said:

    Family is loyalty and kindness–people you can rely on no matter what and people that you just can not live your life without!

  • maria cantu on said:

    Family to me is unconditional love.

  • Harmony B on said:

    The people in my life who accept & love me for who I am are family to me.

  • Amy Tong on said:

    Love your post. My definition of family is the people that I love and want to spend time with. 🙂 Seeing them happy would made me happy too. That's my definition of family.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • mona on said:

    My family means people I love and have my back. They are the family I was born into and those I am so lucky chose me to join theirs.

  • Bets on said:

    Family means unconditional Love and Acceptance.

  • Kelly Massman on said:

    Family is love! And that is all! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

  • shelly leatham on said:

    To me, family would be the people who love you and accept you just the way you are. It's not what runs through your veins, it is what lives in your heart!

  • Wild Orchid on said:

    My definition is the people in your life who you can always count on and be yourself with.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Debbie B on said:

    my favorite people in the whole world!

  • steff on said:

    family means those who are with you no matter what! family is love. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • Kerry on said:

    Family to me is my favorites in my life. The people that will be there no matter what!

  • cezovski on said:

    My definition of family is someone who loves you and supports you whether they are related by blood or not
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • Tabathia B on said:

    People who listen to you and are always there for you

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Erica Best on said:

    people who u can be your self around

  • Sean on said:

    Family: People you'd do ANYTHING for!

  • Melinda on said:

    My definition of family is that they are the people who love you and support you unconditionally, whether related by blood or otherwise.

  • tina m on said:

    People who will be there for you no matter what and love you unconditional.

  • Tabitha on said:

    To be there for each other 🙂

  • rachel on said:

    People who pray for you, take care of you and will fight for you

  • jen on said:

    Family is: Love, Trust, and Understanding.

  • debtgirl on said:

    My definition of family is wrapped up in one word! Lauren. She is my one and only and we live in so cal! But my extended family, which includes my 92 year old mother live in Portland and we are driving there at Thanksgiving!!!!! My hometown!

    I cannot wait to see her and my 8 brothers and sisters and their kids! It's a long haul but so worth seeing my own mommy!

    Family is life!

  • McDuffy on said:

    Family is the most important people in your life you would do anything for and would do anything for you.

  • tcarolinep on said:

    To me, family means people in my life who accept and love me for who I am.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Susan Smith on said:

    My definition of a family are people who are supportive and loving to one and other, through the good times and the bad times.

  • Erika on said:

    The ultimate family for me? The one in this house- my daughter, son, and husband. 🙂


  • Jessica To on said:

    To me family is a group of people who love and support each other.

  • Laura on said:

    Easy! My family is made up of all the people I love unconditionally. Absolutely could not imagine life without them.

  • Cynthia C on said:

    Family means the people you connect with by loving and caring.

  • FaerieBarista on said:

    Family to me means, someone that cares for you, someone that is honest with you, someone that wants what is best for you. Family is who you love, who makes you feel welcomed. Family is who you can be weird around. =)

  • Mahdi M on said:

    My definition of family is sticking together when things get rough, and they do get rough!

  • April G on said:

    Family are the people who are always there for you- no matter what! They love and care for each other. 🙂

  • Jennifer W on said:

    Family are the people that mean the most to you. You would do anything for them and vice versa. People that you feel most comfortable around. You can act like yourself and they accept you.

  • mummytotwoboys on said:

    My definition of family is people that love, cherish, care and think of each other. People that feel they belong together and want to proceed through life in each other’s presence.

    [email protected]

  • TERRY on said:

    Family are the ones who have love, understanding, hope, faith, and TRUST for you, and you in them.

  • Desiree on said:

    I think family is anyone that you are there for and they are there for you. Someone who wants nothing but the best for you, and would do anything they could to help you. I think it is someone who loves you unconditionally through good times and bad. Someone who gives and does not expect something in return, whether its them giving their time, love, money, understanding, patience, etc.

    I LOVE my family. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

  • stephanie on said:

    family means love

  • Kayti Clayton on said:

    To me, family are the people who you can be comfortable around. I think they're people who, no matter where you are, you can make a 'home' with.

    [email protected]

  • sharon on said:

    Family are those you hold close in your heart.

  • Mami2jcn on said:

    To me, family means loyalty. It also means having a feeling of belonging.
    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • Elena on said:

    Family is the people I love

  • Mandy on said:

    My family includes the friends and blood relatives that are there for me when I need them and support even when they think I'm crazy. They are the people that will stick around no matter what. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shelly T. on said:

    My definition of family are the people who support you no matter what, who you can call anytime, day or night, who laugh with you, and sometimes at you(hey I do some crazy things!) and most of all FAMILY IS LOVE!

  • Lindsay on said:

    Family: The people who are bonded to you through a shared past. This past might be bloodlines or a funny story from 10 years back. It could be a moment between new friends that starts off a relationship for the future. Family will always be there for you even when you least expect it!

  • Sarah on said:

    I adore that crest! I guess my definition of family is just the unit that makes you feel at home and supports you no matter what.

  • Rosie on said:

    My definition of family is broad and wide. I like to include more, rather than be exclusive, so I have my church family, my regular family, and also people who are disenfranchised, I like to adopt and make them part of family for holidays, and remember them with little presents.

  • Lisa Brown on said:

    My definition of family is closeness and support. People you can go to when times get tough and always have someone who will care and listen to you.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Stephanie on said:

    Ahhh family.. So many ways to define it. You love 'em hate 'em. Your born with 'em or you choose them. A network of people who are in your corner, now matter what stupid crap you pull! Also, internet family is awesome. Isn't this crazy place great!?

  • sarah beth on said:

    Family are the people who drive you crazy but you love with all your heart and accept unconditionally.

  • Lisa on said:

    Family are those people who love you through good and bad, see your faults (and still love you), praise your gifts and people you (hopefully!) can laugh with.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alaina Joe on said:

    My definition of family is any person that you can truly depend on – through good times, terrible times, times when you're bored and just want to someone to watch Law & Order and eat Cheez Its with. You don't need to talk to this person every day, but you know without a doubt that they will be there when you need them. They will answer the phone when you call. They will text you back.

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  • Leana on said:

    My definition of family is simple: always love each other!

  • Susannah on said:

    My definition of family is those who love and are there for one another.

  • ruthy on said:

    to me family is unconditional love…blood related or not!

  • Lindsay on said:

    Anyone you care about can be your family. The more the better!

  • Crystalyn on said:

    Oh my goodness that thing is too entertaining. Darn you, I'm supposed to be working right now and all I want to do is create a crest for all my friends! haha 🙂 Let's see… my definition of family … is the people who know exactly how crazy you really are and love you anyway.

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